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Netroots Nation Event

BNPZm_ECMAArHBC.jpg-largeIf you attended our session with Congressman Barney Frank and Governor Howard Dean at Netroots Nation and would like more information on the Pentagon Choices campaign, please email us at info@PentagonChoices.com.

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Hundreds of Vermont Residents Voice their Opposition to F-35

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The Vermont Air National Guard Base at the Burlington International Airport

The most expensive weapons program in history faces stiff opposition from neighbors of the Burlington International Airport, headquarters of the Vermont Air Guard, which is scheduled to host the new F-35 along with bases in Utah and Idaho. Hundreds of Vermont citizens gathered at the Unitarian Universalist Church last week to express their concerns over the F-35 and plan for further action. Beyond the escalating fiscal impact of this weapons system, the F-35 will have a tangible and negative impact on these Vermont residents. The F-35 is 400% louder than the F-16 it is set to replace, pushing 3000 homes in the area into the ‘unfit for residential use’ category set by the FAA, and would place 1400 residential units in the ‘extreme-risk crash zone’, no small concern given the F-35’s performance to date.

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Even Conservative Groups Find $1.9 Trillion in Cuts

Everyone Agrees

Everyone Agrees

Two free-market groups, the National Taxpayer’s Union and R Street have released a report outlining a strategy to achieve nearly $1.9 trillion in savings. That’s nearly two trillion dollars that could be used to shore up our crumbling public school system and job training programs for the millions out of work. The document, Defending America, Defending Taxpayers proposes 100 specific recommendations to cut Pentagon spending by eliminating or reducing unnecessary weapons systems, trimming compensation and civilian personnel, and process reforms within the Pentagon.  It’s no surprise the dysfunction in Washington has lead to this mess, but the growing consensus on the left and right that the Pentagon needs a run on the anti-pork treadmill should be something all politicians can agree on.

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Bipartisan Consensus Builds Around Pentagon Spending

A broad spectrum of organizations has expressed their support for reprioritizing Pentagon spending. Conservative groups determined to reduce federal spending, are applying that same principle to the Pentagon. Even if the coalition doesn’t agree on how to achieve the savings, there is agreement that Pentagon spending has gotten out of hand, leaving plenty of opportunities to reign in wasteful practices and weapons programs, while still keeping America safe and secure. The group consisting of the American Enterprise Institute; Center for American Progress; Center for New American Security; Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments; Center for Strategic & International Studies; the Foreign Policy Initiative; and the National Security Network; sent a letter expressing their unity on Pentagon spending to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House and Senate Armed Service Committees.

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